The United States offers several immigration relief avenues for vulnerable populations. Two such avenues are the U Visa and the T Visa. Both visas provide critical support to immigrants who have been victims of serious crimes in the U.S. and assist law enforcement. At Cohen & Patel, we are committed to guiding our clients through every step of the U and T Visa application process. Contact a dedicated U/T Visa lawyer from Cohen & Patel today.
U/T Visa Lawyer | Here for Immigrant Crime Victims
At Cohen & Patel, we recognize the profound impact of obtaining a U or T Visa or a battered spouse petition. Our team dedicates itself to meticulously preparing each application, ensuring the best chance of success. We understand that your story and situation are deeply personal, which is why we guarantee a safe, confidential space for clients to discuss their experiences and legal options.
U Visas were created to support non-citizen victims of certain crimes who assist or are willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime. Congress established this visa with the intent to fortify law enforcement’s ability to prosecute cases while offering protection to victims.
- Primary Benefits: Successful U Visa applicants are granted legal status, employment authorization, and may ultimately be eligible for permanent residency.
- Duration: The U Visa has an initial validity period of four years, but extensions are available under certain conditions.
T Visas protect victims of human trafficking, a grave offense that coerces individuals into labor or commercial sex acts through force, fraud, or coercion. By introducing the T Visa, the U.S. aims to both safeguard the rights of trafficking survivors and bolster investigations into this heinous crime.
- Primary Benefits: T Visa recipients receive nonimmigrant status, permission to work, and a pathway to becoming a permanent resident.
- Duration: T Visas generally last for four years, with opportunities for extensions under specific circumstances.
Eligibility for U and T Visas
The eligibility requirements for U and T Visas, though distinct, have overarching similarities:
- Victim Status: Applicants must demonstrate that they’ve been victims of qualifying crimes.
- Cooperation with Law Enforcement: Victims must have assisted or show a willingness to assist in the crime’s investigation or prosecution.
- Abuse: It’s crucial to prove that one has suffered substantial physical or mental abuse due to the crime.
- Admissibility: Applicants must be admissible to the U.S., though waivers are available for those who aren’t.
Contact a U/T Visa Lawyer Today
If you’re in need of a U or T Visa, or you’re facing any other immigration-related issue, please don’t hesitate to contact a dedicated Montgomery County immigration lawyer from Cohen & Patel today. We proudly represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, including in East Norriton, Norristown, Allentown, Lancaster, Bensalem, Easton, Levittown, Bethlehem, Erie, Mechanicsburg, Chester, Harrisburg, and more, and throughout the United States.